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Pictures courtesy of the North-West Evening Mail

Animate Barrow: Call for a trip down memory lane

Cambridge Primary School in Barrow-in-Furness is embarking on an ambitious and exciting project to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The school was formed with the merger of Abbotsmead Junior School and Priory Grove Infant School on one site in 2004.

Pictures courtesy of the North-West Evening Mail

Children and staff from the school are working alongside digital artist Shaun Blezard to research and collect stories of the school from former pupils, teachers and members of the community. These memories will be transformed into artworks and included in a digital trail around the school. The trail will be created using cutting-edge ‘augmented reality’ technology, enabling visitors to use their smartphone or tablet to bring an image to life, and tell a story with one easy swipe.

Pictures courtesy of the North-West Evening MailIf you attended Abbotsmead Junior School, Priory Grove Infants or Cambridge Primary and would like to share your memories or photos of your school days please get in touch with Shaun Blezard on 0774 3822114. The school will be holding their celebration event on Friday 4 April.

As part of the project children will be working towards an Arts Award, which recognizes young people’s achievements in the arts. Other schools in Barrow are also working with Shaun to make films and animations reflecting some of Barrow’s history, from Furness Abbey to life in Victorian times.

The other participating schools are Greengate Junior School, Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Newbarns Primary School, Roose School and St George’s CE Primary School.

Shaun will also be running FREE digital arts sessions for adults with an interest in local history and digital technology. These evening sessions will start on 24 February for 6 weeks at Abbotsmead Community Development Centre. For more information or to book a place phone 01229 820700.

Keep up to date with the project, share your stories or find out more about the celebration day by visiting the project blog: animatebarrow.wordpress.com/

This is project is managed by Creative Futures Cumbria and supported by Cambridge Primary School, the Hadfield Trust and participating schools.

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